Australia: Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose, but you’ll appreciate the reason

Australia: Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose, but you’ll appreciate the reason
Daniel Reardon. Magnet Whisperer, and sadder and wiser man. Reardon photo via Guardian

[Ed. – We’re always on the hunt for news that isn’t about that annoying coronavirus, which is getting way too full of itself.  Sadly, even the awesome “Astrophysicist gets magnets stuck up nose” hook doesn’t deliver on its potential promise.]

An Australian astrophysicist has been admitted to hospital after getting four magnets stuck up his nose in an attempt to invent a device that stops people touching their faces during the coronavirus outbreak.

Dr Daniel Reardon, a research fellow at Melbourne university, was building a necklace that sounds an alarm on facial contact, when the mishap occurred on Thursday night.

The 27 year-old astrophysicist, who studies pulsars and gravitational waves, said he was trying to liven up the boredom of self-isolation with the four powerful neodymium magnets.

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“I have some electronic equipment but really no experience or expertise in building circuits or things,” he told Guardian Australia.

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